Educating for safety: the role of hidden curriculum in teaching pharmacy students about patient safety

Bradley, Fay, Steven, Alison and Ashcroft, Darren (2011) Educating for safety: the role of hidden curriculum in teaching pharmacy students about patient safety. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 75 (7). pp. 1-7. ISSN 0002-9459

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Abstract

Objective. To examine how hidden and informal curricula shaped pharmacy students' learning about patient safety. Methods. A preliminary study exploring planned patient safety content in pharmacy curricula at 3 UK schools of pharmacy was conducted. In-depth case studies were then carried out at 2 schools of pharmacy to examine patient safety education as delivered. Results. Informal learning from teaching practitioners was assigned high levels of credibility by the students, indicating the importance of role models in practice. Students felt that the hidden lessons received in the form of voluntary work experience compensated for limited practice exposure and elements of patient safety not adequately addressed in the formal curriculum, such as learning about safe systems, errors, and professionalism. Conclusions. Patient safety is a multifaceted concept and the findings from this study highlight the importance of pharmacy students learning in a variety of settings to gain an appreciation of these different facets.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: curriculum, patient safety, pharmacy education
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Healthcare
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2015 12:10
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2016 06:27
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/20594

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